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Boasting a wealth of cultural and natural discoveries together with a mild sunny climate just a short flight away, holidays in Europe can easily measure up to more far flung destinations. Combining child-friendly amenities including lagoon-style pools and kids' clubs with adult refinements such as Michelin-starred restaurants and extensive spas, each of these resorts is a favourable option for an early, mid or late season getaway. Young adventurers can try whale watching whilst sports fanatics hone their tennis and golf skills.

Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa

Perched majestically atop a cliff with ravishing vistas over the Atlantic Ocean, the Vila Vita Parc blends Moorish charm with Portuguese hospitality. Cobbled pathways and calming water features bring together the village ambience that suits families and couples equally well, combining exceptional accommodation with superb dining options in a choice of ten seasonal restaurants and seven bars. In addition to fine gourmet dining at the intimate two Michelin-starred Ocean Restaurant and the Aladin Grill, you can find traditional Portuguese fare at...

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Columbia Beach Resort

There’s a distinct Cypriot feel to life in Pissouri Bay, the setting for this expansive resort on the bay’s two kilometre long Blue Flag beach. The property has recently reopened after a gleaming top-to-toe refurbishment. Delve into the comfort of spacious suites featuring large bathrooms with bathtub and separate shower, sleek wooden furniture and welcome touches such as a Nespresso machine and Molton Brown toiletries. Selected suites have a fireplace and private plunge pool, with an air-conditioned elevator to deliver guests to Executive Suit...

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St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas

Part way between Aghios Nikolaos and Elounda lies this newly refurbished private beach resort hotel, blending airy contemporary design with high-end amenities. Accommodation ranges from bungalow-style rooms and suites to villas with private pools. Relax in the Poseidon Spa, with its full complement of Turkish baths, saunas and hydrojet bubble loungers, or visit the Blue Room rooftop terrace for spa treatments with exquisite sunset views. Enjoy watersports by the private sandy beach including scuba diving and boat excursions, whilst the kids are...

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Belmond Reid's Palace

Today, as ever, Belmond Reid’s Palace is an oasis of traditional charm. A luxurious retreat where every day cares melt away, this landmark hotel has successfully blended tradition, modern facilities and contemporary comfort. The sub-tropical gardens create a relaxing atmosphere with views across the Bay of Funchal. Rooms and suites are spacious and individually decorated, each with a balcony or terrace. The hotel has two heated swimming pools and an exhilarating sea-level pool reached by a lift. Along with two golf courses a short distance away...

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Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort

Crowning a wooded summit in an undiscovered corner of Provence, this member of The Leading Hotels of the World provides spectacular views over picturesque villages to the hills beyond. Architects and designers have skillfully built on the region’s artistic traditions to create a contemporary enclave – all suites have a separate living room and French doors leading to a large open air terrace. Savour the vivid flavours of Mediterranean cuisine indoors or alfresco in the one Michelin-starred Restaurant Le Faventia accompanied by captivating vista...

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